Simone is an environmental professional with a focus on coastal and marine environments, as well as social community-based projects in the Caribbean. She got her start in the field through the Jamaican branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) and passion in marine biology. She has a Bachelors (BSc.) in Zoology, a Masters (MSc.) in Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems, and is currently undergoing a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Management looking at benefits of Special Fishery Conservation Areas (SFCAs) in Jamaica.
She has worked in the environmental field for over 13 years in academia, private sector and Non-Governmental Organizations. She is currently a consulting environmental professional and have worked on a variety of projects including ecological and social scientific research, GIS mapping & drone surveys, ecosystem restoration, community development projects, capacity building activities, community-based research, marine protected areas and management of multi-stakeholder projects. She has also worked on numerous projects involving climate change vulnerability and adaptation, disaster risk reduction and ecosystem-based adaptation.
She has been a member of JIEP since 2008, and a Council member since 2018. She is also a member of the Ecosystem Services Partnerships, including the Caribbean Chapter.